2022 Graduation Parking

NCSS Announces Off-Site Parking and Free Shuttle Service for Graduations
Posted on 05/12/2022
Graduation ParkingCommencement week is almost here, and families will be making their way to Homer Sharp Stadium to watch their high school senior graduate with the Class of 2022. Parking spaces at the stadium will fill up fast but Newton County School System (NCSS) officials have announced off-site parking locations that will include free shuttle pick-up with drop-off at Homer Sharp Stadium.

“We will be running school buses along the shuttle route to pick up any graduation guests who wish to use the free service,” said Dr. Michael Barr, NCSS Chief Operations Officer. “There are two shuttle routes to help serve families attending graduation.”

According to Dr. Barr, guests may park for free at the Newton County Public Parking Deck located at 1166 Elm Street and First Baptist Church of Covington Annex, located at 1176 Elm Street and utilize the free shuttle service. In addition, free parking with shuttle service is also available at the Covington Professional Park at 4136 U.S. Highway 278 and Legion Field at 3173 Mill Street NE.

“Our buses will begin shuttle operations at 5:45 p.m. on graduation evenings,” said Dr. Barr. “Once the ceremonies are over guests may utilize the shuttles to return to their vehicles.”

In addition to the off-site parking, Dr. Barr noted there are also several nearby parking lots families may use within walking distance to Homer Sharp Stadium, including parking in front of the old Sharp Learning Center and the Board of Education building. Parking at these locations is free; however, the shuttle service is not available as these locations are in close proximity to the stadium.

“We encourage guests to arrive early to allow ample time to park and make their way to the stadium,” said Dr. Barr. “Between the parking at the Stadium, the locations in close proximity to the stadium, and the off-site parking, there should be plenty of spaces for all of our graduation guests. We’re looking forward to joining our guests in celebrating this year’s graduating classes.”